New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 2/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+4)
The New York Knicks (9-13) travel to United Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Chicago Bulls (8-11). Chicago opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The total is set at 216.5.
The New York Knicks stepped onto the hardwood against the Bulls and took a loss by a score of 110-102 in their last game. New York ended having earned a 42.5% field goal percentage (37 out of 87) and knocked down 6 of their 29 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Knicks converted 22 of their 26 attempts for a percentage of 84.6%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 45 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 21 assists for the game while getting 6 steals and 6 rejections. In the matter of the defense, New York let their opponent shoot 47.7% from the field on 42 of 88 shooting. Chicago dished out 30 dimes and had 3 steals in this game. Furthurmore, the Bulls grabbed 40 rebounds (7 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Chicago finished the game at 75.0% at the charity stripe by burying 15 of their 20 attempts. They knocked down 11 of their 34 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Julius Randle is one player who had an impact for this contest. He totaled 23 points on 7 of 16 shooting. He played for 39:14 mins and collected 11 rebounds. Randle walked away from this one shooting 43.8% from the field and also recorded 7 dimes. One more player that played a role in this game for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He totaled 7 rebounds and also earned 3 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 41.2% from the floor for this game by going 7-of-17 (14 points). Overall, Barrett was on the court for 30:19 min.
New York steps onto the hardwood with a record of 9-13 on the campaign. The Knicks are connecting on 34.4% on three-point shots (205 of 596) and 76.7% from the charity stripe. They average 102.2 points per outing (30th in basketball) while shooting 44.5% from the floor. They are giving up possession 13.7 times per contest and as a squad are committing 21.0 fouls per game. As a unit, New York is pulling in 46.5 rebounds per game and has accounted for 463 dimes this season, which has them ranked 22nd in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Knicks are forcing 11.6 turnovers per game while drawing 19.4 fouls. They are ranked 15th in the NBA in giving up assists with 498 conceded so far this year. The Knicks are giving up a field goal percentage of 43.3% (255 of 427) and they surrender 45.2 boards per game as a group. They give up 32.0% on three-point shots while they are 2nd in the league in PPG allowed (104.2).
In their win over New York, the Bulls collected 33 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in this contest. They stuffed 2 shots while getting 3 steals for the game. The Knicks earned 19 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Bulls to the free throw line for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to bury 15 of the free throws for a rate of 75.0%. With respect to three-point attempts, Chicago made 11 of 34 attempts (32.4%). In all, the Bulls finished shooting 42 out of 88 from the field which had them sitting at 47.7%. The Bulls permitted the Knicks to convert 37 out of 87 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.5% in this game. They finished 20.7% from three-point range by shooting 6 of 29 and ended up shooting 22 of 26 from the free throw line (84.6%). In the matter of attacking the glass, Chicago permitted New York to grab 45 in total (11 offensive).
Lauri Markkanen ended up being a factor for the Bulls for this contest. He converted 11 out of 18 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 61.1%, which had him finishing with 30 points. Markkanen snagged 5 rebounds in his 33:36 mins of time on the hardwood and accumulated 2 dimes in the game. Someone else that was important for Chicago was Zach LaVine. He ended up with 21 points in his 32:11 minutes on the hardwood via 8 of 16 shooting in this game. LaVine walked away from this one going 50.0% from the field while also earning 3 assists and 5 rebounds.
Chicago has a win-loss record of 8-11 this year. Chicago has scored 2,192 points on the campaign (115.4 per game) and they grab 44.2 boards per contest. The Bulls are committing 21.1 fouls per game while shooting 79.7% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Bulls are shooting 47.6% from the field, which has them ranked 7th in the league. They are earning an assist 26.1 times per contest (8th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 17.6 times per contest. The Bulls on the defensive side of the court are 27th in the league in points given up per game with 117.6. They are forcing 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 47.8% from the floor (27th in the league). The Chicago defense concedes 36.9% on 3-point shots (252 of 683) and opponents are converting on 76.6% of their free throw attempts. They concede 24.6 assists and 42.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 13th and 7th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (-4)
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